Cross-Country Skiing Spots on Long Island

There's at least one good thing about a snow-filled winter: It gives us the chance to ski. And if cross-country, rather than downhill, is your family's preferred winter sport, you're in luck. Long Island boasts a number of great trails for locals from beginner spots best for younger kids to the more adventurous perhaps better appreciated by parents or experienced teens. In fact, many state parks open bright and early after a snowfall, so that skiers can hit the fresh powder.

Just be sure to call in advance to make sure the park or nature preserve is indeed open. And for more cold weather fun, check out our Skiing, Snowboarding & Snow Sports Guide.

Go Back to the Future of Tech with Silicon City Exhibit

While some tweens are hardwired to think in zeros and ones and are ready for advanced instruction in computer science, others are leery of the whole thing. I have one of each.

Luckily, both my enthusiastic coder and my reluctant techie found something to enjoy at the New-York Historical Society’s exhibit Silicon City: Computer History Made in New York, on view through April 17 where kids can see early computers, typewriters, phones and even try out classic video games like Space Invaders. Read on for what to expect from this uptown STEM art exhibit where drop-in coding classes are also on tap.

Valentine's Day Fun for Philly Kids

Winter is in full effect, and it's time to search out the warm fuzzies wherever we can get them! Valentine's Day might not provide fun in the sun or a break from the cold weather, but it's definitely the time to warm up to the ones we love. We'll take it where we can get it!

Everyone knows that Philly is the City of Brotherly Love, so it's only natural that there are plenty of Valentine-themed events for kids and families in the area. Note that not all of our picks are taking place on Valentine's Day weekend, so be sure to keep that in mind when scheduling family fun.

Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebrations for LA Kids

In New Orleans, it's Mardi Gras. In Venice, Italy, it's Carnevale. In Austria they call it Fasching, and in England Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day, or just plain old Fat Tuesday. Whatever the name, it's a party; and with its traditions of masks, music, and bling, this party deserves to be shared with kids. We've collected LA's most family-friendly Mardi Gras celebrations below, and they're all FREE. Let the good times roll!

Winter Gardens: Get Out of the Cold at NYC's Indoor Plazas

If you feel like you've already exhausted your favorite NYC museum or indoor play space, why not try a nearby public atrium or garden? New York City is full of many semi-secret indoor public spaces, as well as not-so-secret gardens that are perfect for staving off cabin fever this winter with an antsy kid.

Bonus: The atriums are FREE to wander into and many offer seating, snacks, Wi-Fi and art. The gardens are so steamy that we practically feel as if we booked that tropical getaway after all. This is why we love New York, right?

FREE Yoga Classes for Westchester Families

As the popularity of yoga has increased in recent years, so too has the interest in introducing children to its benefits at a young age. Yoga has been associated with stress reduction, concentration and agility, and even public schools have begun offering in-school yoga and relaxation instruction.

We recently provided you with a roundup of family-focused yoga classes offered by centers devoted to the subject. Augmenting that resource, below is a list of yoga classes for kids offered by Westchester libraries, with options for teens, tots and even special needs—all of which are FREE!

Read on for details and contact the libraries directly to register. These classes can fill up quickly, so reserve your spot and get your downward dog on!

Wicked Cheap Summer Camps for Boston Kids

Summer camps can be pricey, but not all fun and enriching programs have to cost a pretty penny. We’ve rounded up several inexpensive summer camps in the Boston area that can provide your child with everything from performing arts experience to sailing lessons. Four weeks of summer camp for $5? Yes, please. 

February Break Camps for NJ Kids

Just when you thought everyone was back on track from winter break-- bam! February break sneaks upon us. While some New Jersey schools are closed the Monday of President’s Day only, others have four day weekends or even that whole week off. If you’re in need of child care during the break, or just something to occupy the kiddos, don’t fear. Our list of February break camps is here. February breakers can spend their time off exploring nature, playing their favorite sports, learning science and even tubing down mountains. Check out these drop-off camps offered for various portions of February break.

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